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Vatican releases Pope’s platform for the Catholic Church

by FFE Entertainment News staff

 

In an ‘apostolic exhortation,’ Pope Francis revealed his papacy’s platform on Tuesday in an 84-page document, the first major work he has released since assuming his seat in March.

 

Pope Francis gestures during rite of acceptance for catechumens in St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican

 

The document allows many of the pope’s sermons to become official, and one of these is his criticism of the ‘idolatry of money.’

 

In the document, the pope urged politicians to ‘attack the structural causes of inequality’ and to do its best to provide jobs, healthcare and education to everyone. He added ‘I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.’

 

The pope also talked about other Church issues like abortion and opening the priesthood for women, saying that in these issues the Church may not change its position.

 

Pope Francis also renewed calls for reform within the Vatican, saying ‘Excessive centralisation, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church’s life.

 

‘I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.’

 

Pope Francis’ simple apostolic exhortation has been called ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ or The Joy of the Gospel. Most of the document touched on spiritual issues like the need for a more joyful approach to faith. The pope said that the Christian message should not be ‘a catalogue of sins and faults’ but always emphasise ‘the good of others.’

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